Life is meant to be enjoyed—especially during the holidays! Dressing up for Christmas parties, playing in nature with your children, feasting your eyes on beautiful decorations, fueling your body with delectable foods—live it up!
Often when someone first comes to my health center, the archaic notion of "being healthy means suffering and eating only bland food" is etched in their brains. I first debunk that awful narrative because the alkaline lifestyle is all about living a vivacious and delicious life!
It is also about BALANCE. Savor and reflect on happy memories while eating a slice of pie from your grandma’s famous recipe. Just balance it out with a scoop of Alkamind Daily Greens the next morning.
While I try not to play favorites with my foods, there are 7 foods that I prioritize because they are the most alkaline foods on the planet! Keep reading to learn why they are oh SO good for you and how you weave them into your daily meals.
This December—and all year long—gift yourself the nutrition your body needs to keep you energized, healthy, and happy!
Organic Is Best.
That's how you'll get the most vitamins and minerals packed in and the most minor amount of toxins and pollutants. Not convinced? Take a moment to uncover what is really in non-organic produce via this article. You will be disgusted.
I know it is more expensive, and it may seem like more of an investment to buy organic, but that is what it is—INVESTING in your health.
Also, organic produce is way cheaper than medical bills!
The Lucky 7.
The grass is always greener—where wheatgrass lives! But seriously, this alkaline and detoxifying herb is SO POTENT, you can actually gain health benefits from soaking in a bath with it or doing an enema! Some experts even say that having wheatgrass in your home will enhance the oxygen in the air. And it just gets better!
Wheatgrass contains a very high amount of chlorophyll, and it's chock full of vitamins and minerals, not to mention antioxidants and phytonutrients. To dig a bit deeper, out of the 102 minerals found in soil-guess how many wheatgrasses have!? 102!!
What does this really mean? Let’s keep digging into the power of wheatgrass:
- Rooted in vitamins: Gives you more C than oranges and more vitamin A than carrots.
- Detoxes: Neutralizes toxins and environmental pollutants in the body.
- Cleanses: Increases red blood cell count, which cleanses the blood and organs. It also cleanses your liver.
- Calms: Reduces gastrointestinal issues like acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, and even ulcers.
- Protects: Lessens the side effects of radiation because of an anti-inflammatory compound.
However, in this case, too much of a good thing can actually be bad. It should be consumed in moderation – no more than a couple of ounces per day. Lastly, growing it at home can quickly grow mold, so make sure it comes from a good, organic source.
How to enjoy more wheatgrass:
If you want to eat your greens, but don’t have a green thumb, ACID-KICKING Daily Greens is for you! Dump a scoop into your morning smoothie and start your day off with a dose of THE MOST ALKALINE FOOD ON THE PLANET! Easy greensy!
"WHEATgrass"? Doesn't that mean gluten? It is excellent that your brain is thinking in the Alkamind way, but in this case, it doesn't! It's COMPLETELY different! Even though it is a wheat-based plant, it has not yet developed the sprout that contains gluten. You can enjoy all the incredible health benefits of wheatgrass, even if you're gluten-sensitive
Lately, KING KALE has reigned the healthy lifestyle marketing campaigns. However, an unknown D-list watercress scores an award-winning 100% on the nutrient density list! Kale landed in the middle at 49.07%. Check out other surprising power foods here.
These green machines are loaded with vitamins A, C, K, and B and minerals like manganese, copper, calcium, potassium, iron, folate, and more. So what does that look like in real life?
- Protecting against certain types of cancers
- Limiting inflammation in your body
- Slowing the aging process
- Boosting your immune system to combat all sorts of diseases
- Lowering cholesterol, improving blood pressure, and reducing the risk of heart disease
- Preventing deterioration of the eyes, skin, and bones
How to enjoy more organic greens:
Adding greens to smoothies is also easy to sneak them in—I bet your kiddos or spouse won't even notice. You can also lightly saute them into your family's favorite winter dish.
Add a few crisp cucumbers to your water, salad, salsa, or drink. Then let your mind set sail and start daydreaming like you are at a warm, seaside spa!
Your body will also feel refreshed knowing that cucumbers are packed with many of the same vitamins and minerals as the greens above.
They are even more dreamy because they can keep you hydrated, as they are made of 95% water. If you live in a dry climate, eating cucumbers is especially important to keep your body and skin hydrated.
How to enjoy more organic cucumbers:
If you can’t make it to the Maldives this winter, close your eyes and pretend you are soaking in the warm sunshine while eating this Chilled Avocado, Cucumber, and Watercress Soup! (Even if it is freezing outside, this soup will make you feel like summer!)
I also juice or include cucumbers in smoothies. They serve as a natural base because of their water percentage, so you can always add several slices if you want to boost the alkaline factor in your green drinks. Serve sliced with hummus, and include it in your quinoa bowls and salads.
...and fats and minerals lived avo ever after! This is the only food on my list with a lot of good, healthy fats and minerals! For that reason, you could eat an avocado every day (like my son, Brayden, does), and it would be a great addition to your daily diet.
NOTE: If you’re looking to lose weight, don’t be afraid of the fat. Just make sure it is the good, healthy fat keeping you feeling full—and your brain and body optimized!
Avocados are rich in vitamins K, C, B5, and B6 and key minerals. In fact, they contain more potassium than bananas—without all of the sugar. They're also surprisingly high in fiber, so they help maintain digestive health. Lastly, eating an avocado gives you two antioxidants that prevent the effects of aging on your eyes. I like the look of that!
How to enjoy more organic avocados:
Avocados aren't just for decadent and trendy toasts on Instagram. They also make amazing…Chocolate Chia Pudding? Yep, you read that correctly! Give it a try and eat the extra bite!
The little tree with big benefits! Broccoli is in the same category as cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, and it can help with:
- Digestion, due to the high amount of fiber
- The body’s detoxification process, thanks to phytonutrients
- Heart health by preventing thickening of the arteries
How to enjoy more organic broccoli:
You are already a goddess, but this beautiful broccoli bowl will help your body feel like one, no matter how your day is going.
Like cucumbers, celery is another dreamboat full of water and fiber— and all of the vitamins and minerals it packs in. It's exceptionally high in vitamins A and K and folate and potassium. In terms of your life, this turns into:
- Decreasing inflammation due to specific anti-inflammatory antioxidants
- Lowering both total cholesterol and particularly LDL (bad) cholesterol
- Reducing or preventing ulcers in the digestive tract
- Improving liver function, helping the liver to cleanse the blood thoroughly
- Fighting and preventing infections, thanks to anti-microbial properties
Not too shabby!
How to enjoy more organic celery:
Juicing celery is especially effective for gleaning all of its nutrients, but there are many ways to enjoy celery raw. Remember ants on a log from your childhood? Enjoy celery as a ‘celery boat’ with raw almond butter, and replace the raisins with flax or chia seeds. Your littles will love it! I also enjoy tossing chopped celery on salads and adding it to veggie soups.
Skin and hair care isn't only about the products you buy. What you put in your body is even more critical. This Skin & Hair Detox Sprout Salad is a great way to show your skin and hair some love.
I saved the best for last! The best gifts really do come in small packages.
For example, broccoli sprouts contain over 100 times the amount of sulforaphane than mature broccoli! They also have the highest antioxidant effects in human cells.
They are also super easy to grow, even on your kitchen counter, so you always have a continuous supply. I am serious! It is a great family project to watch something grow and then eat it knowing that all major health benefits!
Yes, you really can do this; get started with my Sprouting At Home Guide.
Your Christmas BONUS Check!
The easiest, cheapest, and most effective way to sneak in most of the organic foods mentioned above is with a tiny, daily scoop of Alkamind Daily Greens! No chopping, no mess, no stress!
One scoop gives your body 21 organic alkaline superfoods that are all filled with nutrients that will increase your energy, fight diseases, and help you experience your best health ever!
I’m a realistic person who also loves celebrating holidays! I totally get that some decadent Christmas cookies, sweet Hanukkah Babka, and other meaningful and traditional desserts will be joining your body this season. Eat, drink, and be merry! Seriously.
Just gift yourself some balance to an uptick of acid. Add drinking a scoop of Alkamind Daily Greens to your party-ready glam routine. Greens, shower, hair, dress, makeup, and you are off!